Doctor of Clinical Dentistry

UQ’s Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (DClinDent) is a three year fulltime Level 9 extended Masters (Australian Qualifications Framework) leading to a registrable specialist qualification. You will experience:

  • Interdisciplinary learning and undertake patient care in a state-of-the-art facility with the most modern equipment, technologies and teaching methods.
  • Collegial support and interaction with the profession from the first week of your first year of study.
  • Research focus over all three years of the program.

Duration: 3 years full-time

Location: Herston campus


Study and Research Plan

The DClinDent program is comprised of 48 units taken over a period of three years (six semesters). Programs commence in late January each year. The content of each program varies dependent on the candidate’s chosen specialty. The DClinDent program includes:

  • Common core courses in basic science
  • A nominated field of Dental Science
  • A research project and report

Participants attend seminars, tutorials, practical classes, clinical work and other relevant courses as required by the Discipline Coordinator. Participants also prepare a cumulative log summarising practical work performed in the principal program area for presentation to examiners if requested.

This program also features a research project occupying approximately 30 per cent of total program time.

The School offers DClinDent programs in Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Orthodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Special Needs Dentisty. However, please note that subject to University approval, entry into the Orthodontics program will not be offered in 2019. Prospective applicants can register their interest in the Orthodontics program commencing in 2020 here

The School is seeking re-accreditation for the Oral Medicine program. If approved by the Australian Dental Council, applications for entry into the Oral Medicine program in 2019 will open later this year. Prospective applicants can register their interest in the oral medicine program commencing in 2019 here

Applications for enrolment in Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics and Special Needs Dentistry commencing in Semester 1, 2019 are now open. Information regarding these programs is provided below.

Information regarding the programs is provided at the bottom of this page.

Application and Selection

Applications for the Doctor of Clinical Dentistry (Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Periodontics and Special Needs Dentistry specialties) can be made online. The closing date for these discipline programs is 30 May 2018 to commence in Semester 1, 2019.

Please note that due to limited places in each discipline, entry is competitive and not all applicants who meet the entry requirements are offered a place. Entry is determined using a competitive selection process and is based on academic records, other postgraduate qualifications, work and research experience since graduation, commitment to the discipline and referee reports.

Applications will only be accepted through the University's online application system.

Supporting Documentation

Supporting documentation must be uploaded with your online application. Please make sure you upload the following documents to your online application by the closing date: academic transcripts, full CV (including evidence of clinical experience, research publications and contact details of two referees), personal statement, and if applicable, English Language Proficiency, evidence of RACDS Primary Examinations or equivalent, evidence of AHPRA registration and ADC examinations certificate. Applicants are not required to submit academic transcripts for studies undertaken at UQ.

Please use the Application Checklist here to ensure that you have included all necessary documentation with your application, as incomplete applications will not be eligible for assessment.

Nomination of Two Referees

The names and contact details (including email addresses) of two nominated referees are also required. A request for referee reports will be forwarded to nominated referees for applicants who have been shortlisted. Please notify your referees and advise them of their nomination before submitting your online application by the due date. 

Please note that nominated referees must be a current/former employer, mentor or professional colleague suitably qualified to assess your clinical abilities and professional attitude and character.

Clinical Assessment Program

Shortlisted applicants will be required to undertake a Clinical Assessment Program to be held at the School which may include activities such as clinical observation, a situational judgement test, virtual case discussion and assessment,  and a presentation task. Such applicants will be responsible for all travel and accommodation costs incurred in undertaking the assessment in Brisbane.

Application and Selection Timeline

Online applications open (Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology, Endodontics, Periodontics, Prosthodontics, Special Needs Dentistry):  12 March 

Closing date for applications (for above specialisations):  30 May

Shortlisting of applicants who meet the minimum entry requirements:  25 June

Shortlisted applicants will receive an invitation to attend a clinical assessment program:  29 June

Due date for response to invitation to attend clinical assessment program:  6 July

Shortlisted applicants attend Clinical Assessment Program in Brisbane:  16-25 July

Offers made to successful applicants:  3 August

Due date for response by domestic applicants to offer:  10 August

Due date for response by international applicants to offer:  17 August

Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology

The Dento-Maxillofacial Radiology program covers all aspects of diagnostic radiology and radiography relevant to the maxillofacial region. Throughout the program, students will become familiar with advanced imaging techniques at the Oral Health Centre, Herston and visiting sessions at Medical radiology practices and the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. Cone beam imaging is a major component of the program.


The Endodontic program aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and skills required for research and specialist practice in the field of Endodontics. It comprises a mix of coursework, seminars, tutorials, clinical work and research training. Students will acquire a body of knowledge that includes the extended understanding of recent developments in the discipline and its professional practice, as well as knowledge of research principles and methods applicable to endodontic practice. Students will gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

Oral Medicine (pending re-accreditation)

Oral Medicine is a challenging and rewarding specialty where students will see a large range of conditions, ranging from mainly medical to mainly dental in origin. The program includes rotations in oncology, dermatology, pain diagnosis and management, sleep medicine and soft and hard tissue pathology including salivary gland disorders. Graduates often work in a multidisciplinary environment to ensure the best outcomes for patients. There may also be the opportunity through a MOU between UQ and the RACDS to obtain the FRACDS (Oral Medicine special stream), which can be used as a post-nominal.

Orthodontics (not offered in 2019, subject to approval)

The Orthodontics program covers all aspects of the discipline - basic and applied, through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials, clinical training and case presentations. These areas of study include cephalometric theory and practice, craniofacial anatomy, development and morphology, biological force systems and their application, radiology and radiography techniques. Major clinical pursuits include orthodontics, diagnosis and management of dental and craniofacial anomalies, cleft lip and palate, and interdisciplinary management of complex malocclusions. Clinical work is undertaken at the Oral Health Centre, Herston and in conjunction with the Cleft Lip and Palate Service at Lady Cilento Hospital and orthognathic surgery through the Maxillofacial Unit (Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital).


The Periodontics program involves attendance at lectures, seminars, tutorials as well as clinical sessions.  Courses cover basic and applied topics relevant to the discipline of periodontics. These include immunology, microbiology, oral medicine and clinical oral pathology, biology of the periodontium and pulp, periodontal restorative interrelationships, implantology, and radiology. Students gain clinical experience treating patients referred to the periodontal clinic, in addition to regular case presentation sessions and clinical tutorials.  Exposure to a range of periodontal treatments, including conservative, surgical, regenerative and mucogingival periodontal therapies as well as implantology, including advanced case planning, regenerative and augmentation procedures, are part of clinical training.


The Prosthodontics program provides specialist knowledge and skills in crown and bridgework, complete and partial denture prosthodontics, implant prosthodontics, temporomandibular joint disorders and occlusion. Advanced concepts in prosthodontics are taught through a seminar and tutorial program and clinical training. Students gain exposure to interrelated disciplines through participation in coursework, seminars and tutorials with students in other disciplines.

Special Needs Dentistry

The Special Needs Dentistry program provides knowledge and skills in the oral health care of people affected by an intellectual disability, medical, physical or psychiatric conditions. Students will be trained at postgraduate level to provide special methods or techniques to prevent or treat oral health problems and develop special dental treatment plans. Specialised facilities in treating Special Needs patients are provided at the Oral Health Centre, Herston. Students will also gain clinical experience in the medical and surgical units of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and other teaching hospitals in Brisbane, as well as selected public dental sector associated clinics.